The weekend brought more closure news as Wayzata’s The Dough Room and Funky Grits in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn neighborhood both served their final meals. Although, Funky Grits, a breakout star of this year’s Minnesota State Fair already has plans to return.
The community driven restaurant will become reborn as a coffee shop at 3751 Bloomington Avenue. Owner Jared Brewington and Funky Grits have built a community gathering ground in its connections with Minneapolis residents and progressive policy makers. The new coffee shop will retain its emblematic mural and soul as a gathering place for sharing new ideas. In addition to coffee and meeting space, the new Funky Grits Community Cafe will continue to serve some of the restaurant’s lighter dishes. Look for an opening later this fall.
The Dough Room first opened a year ago by chef Alex Dayton at 300 Superior Boulevard in Wayzata. The restaurant specialized in fresh pastas and pizzas. The split dining room offered a bar lounge area, in addition to a dining room that afforded views of the open kitchen. WCCO reports that Saturday night several diner arrived at the restaurant expecting dinner, but were informed that the kitchen had run out of food. It was only then that employees were informed that it would be the restaurant’s last night.